Everyone knows that steam machines are great at cleaning floors and carpets. In fact, many people use these devices all around the house. However, few people realize that these machines can tackle one of the hardest and time consuming jobs in the household. They are perfect for cleaning windows.
If you didn’t realize that these machines can be used to clean windows, then don’t despair. I didn’t immediately realize that either. Not until one of my friends gave me the best steam cleaner tip I ever received. How to use my unit to clean both windows and window frames.
Of course, if you plan on using this device for windows, then you are going to have to own one of the models with the wand attachment. It’s just not possible to hold up a full-size machine long enough to clean a window. In that case, then this article might not be the one for you. Not unless you are planning to purchase one with a wand attachment, which I highly recommend and is pretty easy to do after you look over steam cleaner reviews.
If you do have a unit with some kind of wand attachment, then you are going to want to perform the following steps. These steps will ensure that you have windows so clean that you can’t even tell that they have glass in them at all:
- Fill the machine up with distilled water, plug it in and allow it to heat up. You want it to be fully heated before you begin to use it on your windows. Be sure that you only use water and don’t add any chemical or other additives to it. Just plain distilled water will work just fine.
- Pull the trigger on your machine’s wand and let it steam. Once it has done that, then you can begin cleaning the window, starting at the top. Work from the top of the glass to the bottom using even vertical strokes.
- Once you have cleaned the entire window surface, then grab a microfiber cloth and begin to dry it. Start at the top and then work from left to right. If your cleaning cloth becomes too damp, then be sure to replace it with a clean, dry one and then continue on with your work.
An alternative method to the one above, is to purchase a squeegee to help clean your windows. This results in an even better clean. If you plan on doing this, then it is pretty much the same method as I detailed above with just one change. You do the first two steps but when you come to step three, then you use a squeegee instead of a microfiber cloth. Start at the top and pull the squeegee in uninterrupted horizontal lines. After each line be sure to remove the excess water from the edge of your squeegee by running your thumb and forefinger across it. Then repeat as many times as necessary.
This method of cleaning windows is not only more effective than using a towel and glass cleaner on the window, but is also much safer for pets and for those who might have reactions to harmful household cleaners.